Tuesday, November 15, 2011


My very special guest post today is presented by my great culinary blogger friend, Ann from USA. Last week , she was busy with her “Thanksgiving menu” and had  prepared a healthy and gourmet dinner-  right on from starters to main meals, desserts and drinks, as well at table settings and cutleries. 
Do visit her at:  http://www.cookinghealthyforme.com
Ann said this in one of her latest posts:  In the cooking world you have what is known as marepoix, which is carrots, celery and onion….the base for many dishes. 
There is also“The Trinity“-which is celery, onions and green pepper.
Here in the south, you have what I called ”The Southern Trinity” – which is mayonnaise, sour cream and cheddar cheese!
A delicious casserole combination but eeek! So bad.for you!

But hey! Don’t worry, I know Ann can fix that and turn them around into healthy ones…
 I can say for certain  that Ann blogs on  healthy, authentic recipes with great photography works and here are three of her favorites:

3-Vintage cherry soup    http://www.cookinghealthyforme.com/2011/08/vintage-recipes-cherry-slump.html

I have taken the liberty to add another name for this guest recipe, that is "chicken lettuce salad wraps" because of google search aspects which i am fanatic about :) .
I will always be very happy, when i get lots of visits/ page views in my blog and i achieved that mainly through google search.. it's lovely and even more loverly if many out there like my recipes and that of my guests  too. Let's hear from Ann:
Hi Everyone!
I was so happy that my friend, Wan, asked me to post a recipe on her site!  I’m always amazed at the interesting posts she provides and the nutritional background and medicinal properties of the foods she’s making!

My name is Ann and I’m over at Cooking Healthy For Me!  I started this blog because my doctor required that I start eating and living a healthy life… I knew I needed to do something to keep me on track and this blog was the delightful answer!  This has helped motivate me AND maintain my weight!
….and the biggest bonus?  The wonderful friends I’ve met, like Wan! 
I am a fan of delicious food – and if it’s healthy – all the better!  One of my favorites are these lettuce wraps.  I hope you enjoy!

Serves 4 (3 lettuce wraps)
Adapted from Joy Bauer 
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and finely diced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely diced
  • 1 large red bell pepper, seeded and finely diced
  • 1 (8-oz) can water chestnuts, drained and finely diced
  • 3 scallions (white and green parts) thinly sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh ginger, grated or finely minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3 cup bottled Chinese plum sauce (I used sweet & sour sauce)
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon hot chili paste (I used sweet chili sauce)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted, roasted cashews, chopped (I used salted & roasted pepitas)
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro (I used 2 Tablespoons)
  • 1 head Boston or bibb lettuce, cleaned & trimmed (I used Green Leaf lettuce)
  1. Heat a large non-stick pan to medium high heat.  Spray with non-stick cooking spray.  
  2. Add the carrots, celery, bell pepper, water chestnuts, scallions, ginger and garlic. Sauté, stirring until tender, 5 minutes.  Add water if needed to avoid scorching
  3. Add ground chicken to the pan, cook until chicken is no longer pink and crumbly. Season with salt & pepper
  4. Add the plum sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and chili paste.  Stir.  Reduce heat to low and simmer until heated thru.
  5. remove from heat and stir in nuts and cilantro.  Allow to cool slightly.
  6. Serve taco style with lettuce leaves
Calories 298, Protein 27g, Carbs 34g, Total fat 9g, Saturated fat 2g, Fiber 5g, Sodium 610 mg 


  1. Thanks Wan and Ann for a recipe that looks easy to make and delicious.
    Love to read about healthy eating, as it is what I would like to set up daily for me.
    Have a great day!

  2. Healthy delicious wraps..yummy !!

  3. Lettuce wraps are my friend's favorite appetizer to order at Ben Pao's. These look delicious!

  4. The Southern Trinity is funny and interesting:) I remember eating these lettuce wraps at Korean restaurants, it seems to be popular in Korea.

  5. My favorite! Thanks a lot Wan and Ann for sharing and making it more easier to prepare! More healthy and yummier indeed!:) Great! Have a nice Tuesday!:)

  6. yummmmmyyy..so healthy..I want some..I usually do it Wan and Ann..but now thank you I'll try cooking it with roasted cashews..my tummy goes roar grrrrr..hungry..yummy fresh lettuce..passing by Wan ;)

  7. Thank you Wan for having me here today at your lovely site! It's been so much fun! I appreciate all your kind words!

    Thank you for your kind comments and I hope you enjoy these as much as we did! Have a GREAT day!

  8. delicious wraps.. looks awesome..

  9. @ marie harmony, many thanks for your visit and sweet comments dear.. see you later

    @ julie- thanks for coming over and your invitation, will try and submit a recipe ok...am thinking.. see yiu

  10. @ yummy chunklet- many thanks dear for your visit and sweet comments, will blog over to your lovely site soon.

    @ three cookies- thanks for coming over- i find the trinity by ann as amusing, but as usual, she's great with innovative ideas. thanks for sharing the fact about the koreans.

  11. @ sagittarian- how dear, how's your day today, thanks for coming over and for the comment too- like as if you and see took the same flight :)

    @ sie- wow, at last i saw a new post. looking forward to go over, thanks for coming and for the comment..i hope you are in great health dear.
    have a wonderful day. hi to your hon from me.,

  12. @ Ann, many thanks for coming over, hope you will come back for more comments.. really appreciate your willingness to do this guest post for me. i fell honored to have an authentic culinary guest like you. have a wonderful day

  13. I can't stop admiring these wraps as I am into anything healthy and you bet this is one of the must try for me.

  14. Healthy recipes is what I always look for. Thanks Ann and Wan. :)

  15. healthy food recipes is what I am looking for...photography look fantastic.thanks wan for introducing me to Ann :)

  16. @ nava, many thanks for coming over and your sweet comments too.

    @ balqis- thanks for your visit and comment- your new post seems interesting

  17. I love healthy and delicious recipes like this...

  18. Hi sweaty!
    This is the link for that:

    You can delete this comment when you get the link.
    I'll do another one.

  19. Fantastic! I was looking for an easy light dinner. This was all of the above. I did diced the ingredients though and refrained from adding the chicken stock as it was already fairly running. Thank you Wan and Ann.

  20. Hi sweaty!
    You have to change your comment for pop-up window.
    Balqi changed and another friend of mine did too.
    Take a look at this post:
    and change to pop-up to make it easier to people post a comment.
    I love lettuce and I eat the whole thing. lol
    Yesterday I ate it.

  21. Balqis, I meant.
    Did you receive the other one?
    Now I'm in doubt.

  22. Wan and Ann - Great collaboration on the guest post. I enjoyed getting to know Wan a little through her writing and I followed Ann here from my place on Cooking Healthy for Me as one of her regular readers.

    Ann - The wraps look gorgeous, healthy and easy to make! Pretty much a hallmark of your recipes, I'd say. This looks like something Brian would appreciate. He always likes it when I make healthy food.

    ~ Milli

  23. Hi Wan, just dropped by say hello.
    Vegetable salads are always good for us, no matter what and how it's made.
    And chicken always better than red meat, I guess.
    Anyway, I eat to live, not live to eat, ha ha.
    I'm not fussy with food, but certainly would love have this salad.
    Can see Ann has a black belt in cooking, salads. Outstanding.
    Best regards.

  24. Such a flavorful and healthy wrap! In fact it is a complete meal by itself too...

  25. Healthy and delicious..this is a good recipe..you can alternate the garden salad and this salad to spice up the serving..

  26. Wan, mlm tadi pompuan tu dtg blog I. Dia kata perkara yg sama. I dah buang. I jugak dah jwb apa yg Wan bagitau. Baca kt blog I.

  27. wonderful guest post..healthy and delicious recipe..

  28. I love wrap n rolls n these look like an awesome healthy treat for all the chicken lovers out there!
    Great post!

  29. @ Marie Harmony - Thanks! It was really EASY to make!

    @ Julie - Thank you - they WERE yummy!

    @ yummy chunklet - I've never been to Ben Pao's...I get mine at PF Changs.

    @ Three cookies - WOW! They're popular in Korea? They certainly are here in the US

    @ Sagittarian - My favorite, too! Thanks for your comment!

    @ sie - you won't regret making these. Everyone at my house loved them!

    @ NavaK - I know how much you love the healthy options! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  30. @ Balqis - Thank you! I hope you enjoy them! Also, thanks for being such a good friend to Wan....Hugs!

    @ Cindrina - Thank YOU and so nice to meet you!

    @ Peachkins - Ooh...me, too! I hope you try them!

    @ OXIBGXO - This does have a bit of chopping! I'm glad you made them the way you liked them and thank you SO much for trying them!

  31. @ Ana - I love lettuce wraps, too. Thanks for your kind comments!

    @ Milli - Wan is such a sweetie, isn't she? Thanks for coming over and meeting her - Brian will like these and you've made me smile!

    @ Uncle Lee - A black belt in Cooking & Salads? YOU have made my day!

    @ Treat and Trick - It IS really flavorful! They were hearty enough tthat they were dinner for us!

  32. @ Alfandi - Thanks! what a GREAT idea to make it as a salad topping!

    @ Sobha Shyam - Thank you and I hope you try them...let me know how they turned out!

    @ aipi - Thanks - after making these wraps, I'm a huge fan of wraps now, too!

  33. Mouth watering and yummy wrap. Very healthy too. Feel like having it now.

  34. I love lettuce wraps!! So flavorful and fresh!

  35. A very healthy and yummy wrap ...love the vibrant green color!

  36. @Ann,
    So "the whole thing" is "wrap".
    I love lettuce wraps. :)

  37. My kids favourite dish, sweet n sour but have not tried having nuts in.. delicious1

  38. I love Ann's recipes too. Those lettuce wraps look delightful and delicious!

  39. Made them straight away and can only confirm tehy are fabtastic;))
    There is Giveaway on my blog till 23rd November .Everyone iswelcome;))

  40. @ Peachkins- hi, thank you for always being there and glad you like Ann’s real appetizing salad

    @ AnaLuiza- hi and many thanks for your visits dear- I am happy that you still maintain yourself as one of the world’s top bloggers. I am also very happy that you like lettuce wraps- to me it is the best of all wrappings for such appetizing salads from Ann’s Cooking Healthy kitchen..hey, I wanna thank you for the link.. will be in touch soon. A million thanks for being here, I felt your presence very clearly.

  41. @ IBG- hi isa, wow! you tried this recipe already- I know this dish is fantastic, we are all keen to try this out too. Thanks dear.

    @ Treat and Trick- thanks for being here, hey, did you find this post the talk of the blog.. for it’s superb ingredients combination. I love them and many thanks to you for saying they are yummy, healthy and wholesome…

    @ Alfandi- hi Syed, many thanks for your visit and great idea on this delicious salad, I am not surprised tho, for the fact that you were once a great chef too… if you say it’s nice, I believe you

  42. Hi, I'm visiting from Ann's Cooking Healthy For Me blog. This was a fun post -- two cooks who love what they do, getting together to share more tasty recipes and ideas with the world! Nice guest post, Ann, and thank you for hostessing, Wan!

  43. @ Lee- Hi and thanks so much for coming over and we appreciate your wonderful comments and I am so glad you like this post very much- yes, nothing healthier like chicken huh.. best regards to you too.. appreciate them all.

  44. @ Balqis, hi , glad you came back, you wont come twice unless you want to copy the recipe ha ha- ok you may go visit Ann at her kitchen. I assure she is a great lady. Take care balqis, one never knows how dear a person can be, even tho, we only meet in the virtual world. I honor and cherish your friendship… especially after reading your beautiful haiku/(s).

  45. @ sobha – hi dear, smiles… glad you came by and many thanks for your sweet comments always. Have a nice day

    @ aipi- hi and thanks for coming, I spent some time on your lovely post today, oh yes sure love this chicken lettuce wraps, one of my favorites already…

  46. @ Babli, thanks dear for the visit and sweet comments, like …sure, you can easily do this chicken lettuce wraps and enjoy! Have a wonderful day

    @ Sutapa- so glad, you always come to visit and many thanks for your sweeeeet greeeen comments. Have a nice day dear.

  47. @ Katrina- hi, I saw you got a new post now, I always welcome your visits and enjoy your comments. I believe adding a nutty flavor enhances and gives more flavor to the chicken- a great ingredient to add in

    @ Angie’s recipes- hi and thanks so much for your visit, I know you like Ann’s kitchen and I sure like yours too.. Your cookies and bakeries never fail to impress… so does Ann’s kitchen

  48. @ Dzoli- hi dear- I visited your fantastic looking cake for 2 days.. cant wait to try it out- hey ! you have already tried Ann’s chicken ? wow! that’s real fast… glad you love it. Thanks for the invitation and CONGRATS for your # 200th POST

  49. @ Hi Kimby- thanks dear for coming over, always saw your name at Ann’s. Glad we meet and many thanks for your sweet comments… I love Ann’s recipes and I have visited and like yours too… have a wonderful day

  50. Hi Wan , just dropped by say hello, got my visa with me, *wink*.

  51. the wraps are initing presentation super

  52. wow! That chicken lettuce wraps looks amazing!

  53. Cant remember if I already commented but these look soooo good, cant wait to try! Reminds me of a sandwich my dear (old hippie)friend from Berkley california made me, with peanut butter.honey and lettuce on whole wheat!...crazy but so good!

  54. Hi Lee, now, all comments have to be moderated, unlike before,,, just to avoid unwanted pop ups etc..
    i just had my one year old notebook re- formatted, so its brand new... :) thanks for your advice

  55. hi santosh , thanks for visiting and for your sweet comment.

  56. hi nashnordin- thanks and have a nice day-glad you like this healthy chicken lettuce wraps

  57. hi 1-2Punch, that recipes sounds good too. i am glad you like this chicken lettuce wraps..fun to serve, healthy to eat.

  58. Hi Wan. Thanks for your sweet comment. You should come to Antalya and watch this magnificent piano festival. Don't forget that music is the food of the soul.

  59. They look wonderful, love all these flavors. Great post by Ann :)

  60. Healthy and delicious wraps. Looks very delicious.

  61. Hurray after a hard struggle my Comment is published. Great post Ann. Its looks very yummy. I read your post before 2 days, but was unable to comment. Congratulation on your nice guest post.


  62. hi ambreen, thanks for visiting and commenting,, i agree with you that this chick wraps are delicious

  63. hi zareena, have a great week end and thanks for your visit and sweet comment

  64. hi sarang mangi, I still like your name.. thanks so much for your effort in visiting and for the sweet comments, despite your internet problems.. have a wonderful weekend.

    I had my notebook re formatted- now all is like a new born.. since all software have been erased- I have to start all over again. Going to reinstate my nuff .. its static and been there for more that 6 months before. Thanks dear for all your help past few months

  65. Colorful, vibrant & inviting wraps!!! :)
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  66. Just mouthwatering...looks so easy to prepare and delicious!

  67. hi prathima, many thanks for your visit and for the compliments-wow!a very happy week end to you

  68. hi kalyan, like your sweet comments and kind visit. have a great weekend dear

  69. Hey Wan!!! Been a real long time! I see you are keeping up the good work my friend. Your fantastically created dishes amazes me!!!

  70. Thanks for sharing this healthy and delicious wraps.

    Spoon and Chopsticks

  71. salam zainab, how are you and kuwait- yes. its been like 2 months, thanks for your visit and for the sweet comment. have a nice day

  72. hi spoon and chopsticks- thanks for visiting and glad you like this wraps.. best regards to you too.

  73. I am new to this but I am sure I would love this, I have tasted a lettuce Salad, and I like it! And thing, I am so happy to see there are people like you who are really faithful to health! Gratitude to Ann and Wan!!! More power and more happy cooking!

  74. hi give peas a chance, have'nt been in touch with you at bloggers for some time. thanks so much for your visit. happy sunday

  75. hi Prime Aque- many thanks for being a follower.
    also appreciate your visit and sweet comments, have a wonderful week end. thanks for the great wish for Ann and me :)

  76. Hi Wan! I wanted to comment one more time and thank you for the honor of being one of your guest posters! It was a delightful experience with you - you are such a good blogging friend!

    Thank you to everyone who visited and left such kind comments! I appreciate it very much! I'm thrilled you enjoyed the lettuce wraps and hope you have the opportunity to make them at home!

    Thanks again Wan and my deepest respect and gratitude...
    Your friend ~ Ann

  77. Vegetables are always good for health !!